Would you try to change the world if you thought it had no future?
Graduating from high school is a time of limitless possibilities — but not for Glory, who has no plan for what’s next. Her mother committed suicide when Glory was only four years old, and she’s never stopped wondering if she will eventually go the same way… until a transformative night when she begins to experience an astonishing new power to see a person’s infinite past and future. From ancient ancestors to many generations forward, Glory is bombarded with visions—and what she sees ahead of her is terrifying.
A tyrannical new leader raises an army. Women’s rights disappear. A violent second civil war breaks out. And young girls vanish daily, sold off or interned in camps. Glory makes it her mission to record everything she sees, hoping her notes will somehow make a difference. She may not see a future for herself, but she’ll do everything in her power to make sure this one doesn’t come to pass.
In this masterpiece about freedom, feminism, and destiny, Printz Honor author A.S. King tells the epic story of a girl coping with devastating loss at long last—a girl who has no idea that the future needs her, and that the present needs her even more. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17453303-glory-o-brien-s-history-of-the-future?ac=1
Because of its beautiful cover and intriguing title, I picked this book up. It took about thirty pages for me to decide that I was not going to like this book. It felt awkward and weird and just plain unsanitary. But then I remembered the last A.S. King book I read, Please Ignore Vera Dietz, a book I had very much disliked until later on in the story. So I continued to read and found it to be much better. Here’s what I have come to believe about A.S. King: She is different. She is an acquired taste. It takes time to like her, get used to her, love her. At first you’ll think what? This is disgusting! Who do you think you are? But then give her one more try and realize it’s not all that bad. Try again, and man, this is the greatest thing on Earth!
That was a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the point. It only took me two books to know that I LOVE A.S. King (although it took some convincing). But enough about the author.
This book kind of hit close to home. My life has no tragic back story (that I know of), but I do know exactly how Glory feels. She has just graduated high school and has no idea what she is doing with her life. In fact she feels that maybe she doesn’t have a future to look forward to. I don’t know how, but A.S. King has managed to capture the essence of teenage discovery, angst, and selfishness all into a petrified bat inside a book (yes a petrified bat. It is real and will most likely give you the power to see the future–probably not though). When you’re a teenager, you tend to think the world revolves around yourself, since you probably haven’t seen much but your hometown. And that’s how Glory is. By pointing her finger at every person she could, I could see that she was also pointing at herself. I don’t remember if she admits this or not, but she is. That’s what I got. We are all selfish in almost every aspect of our lives. There are very few people, if not none that are completely selfless in life. Glory takes this selfishness and throws it at with he observations of other people’s selfishness, trying to mask her own. And she has every right to be selfish. Everyone does. When she looked at herself, she saw nothing, but when she looked at other people, she saw everything, and in a way, it reflected onto herself.
This selfishness is combined with her own self pity and anger at the world. Why wouldn’t she be angry? But that all changes with the petrified bat. By seeing the future, she is maybe just a little bit more irritating and real than before. And I loved it. Glory is real and strong and brave. She is also a complete mess. I felt such a strong connection with her and couldn’t help the pain I felt when I read this book.
Yes, it got a little ranty at some parts, but for me, it just added to the experience of being a teenager. The predictions of the future were also a bit far-fetched for my taste as well, but I like the whole surrealistic atmosphere her writing gives. I do not recommend this for everyone.
Favorite Song at the moment: Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars (You will hear this song once and want to play it over and over again. Don’t believe me? Just watch ;))